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April 11, 2001
Devil Rays/baseball
No seventh heaven
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[AP photo]
The Rays lose their seventh straight, a 3-2 heartbreaker in 10 innings against the Blue Jays.

Rothschild wants a team with teeth
TORONTO -- There's plenty the Rays have been lacking during their seven-game losing streak. But this is something else, something that goes beyond the need for better pitching or a clutch hit.

Durham pitchers grab spotlight
Talk about the Rays farm system and the conversation is sure to focus on the position players and their imminent appearance in the majors.

Reds are being investigated for 'blunder' with Atchley
CINCINNATI -- The Reds could be fined for promoting minor-league pitcher Justin Atchley, who is not allowed to play in the majors until May 15.

Bucs/NFL
Returning Bucs trim draft needs
Wunsch, Barber fill potential holes by signing long-term deals.

Cardinals freed to keep DE
PHOENIX -- Despite a dispute over his status as a free agent, defensive end Andre Wadsworth likely will remain with the Arizona Cardinals after the players association declined to file a grievance against the club, according to the Web site cbs.sportsline.com..

Gary Shelton
NASCAR silence paid for in trust
Time was, the question was easy.

Lightning/NHL
Lightning slips, but Dudley optimistic
GM says falling to No. 3 in draft is no problem.

First battle, then shake
The handshake line at the end of each post-season series is a long-standing hockey tradition that few players dare ignore.

Bourque still unsure about playing opener
DENVER -- Colorado's Ray Bourque did not skate during Tuesday's practice because of a lower back strain, and the defenseman remained questionable for the Avalanche's Western Conference playoff opener Thursday against Vancouver.

Motorsports
NASCAR still seeks answers
A track president says an expert's report on Dale Earnhardt's death only lends a shroud of "further mystery."

NBA
Jordan still '99.9%' done
WASHINGTON -- Once again, Michael Jordan downplayed the notion he is planning a comeback. Once again, he left the door one-tenth of a percentage point open that it just might happen.

Colleges
S. Carolina gets Odom from Wake
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- After 12 years at Wake Forest, Dave Odom was restless. He said Tuesday he found a new challenge at South Carolina after a whirlwind courtship that made him the coach after two others turned the school down.

Et cetera
NCAA's proposed changes move on to board of directors
The NCAA management council voted Tuesday to allow athletes to receive money for private lessons and to obtain a one-time $20,000 bank loan based on future earnings.

Outdoors
Captain's corner
Warm days and light wind have enabled anglers to have some fantastic flats fishing trips. Snook and reds are pouring onto the shallow grass beds behind schedule, but they are making up for lost time. Live greenbacks are the bait of choice. If they are not available, gold spoons, chartreuse, soft plastic 1/8-ounce jigs and hard surface baits work well.

Mutiny
Double bad luck in back
The Mutiny suffered two bad breaks last week, and they have caused some roster shuffling. Before the season, veteran defender Steve Trittschuh broke his right leg in practice. Trittschuh, 35, is expected to miss about 12 weeks.

Preps
FHSAA levels playing field against sports academies
GAINESVILLE -- Specialized sports academies will have to field more rounded athletic programs in the future if they hope to compete for state championships thanks to a rule change Tuesday by the Florida High School Activities Association.

Pirates' solid pitching stifles Bulldogs, 2-0
ZEPHYRHILLS -- Although Jessie Wilson lost his bid for a no-hitter, his team didn't lose Tuesday's game.

Eight errors doom Gulf against Tarpon Springs
TARPON SPRINGS -- Gulf hasn't had much to fall back on this season, but the Buccaneers did have two cornerstones to build on: pitching and defense.

Terrier's win streak still alive
Ross van Boven advances to the conference No. 2 final.

Tampa Bay Tech blanks Durant
DURANT -- Although struggling with injuries and some players missing due to family situations, Tampa Bay Tech took advantage of a hit batsman to defeat Durant 1-0 on Tuesday. Chrystal Ihm took the pitch to earn a free trip to first base. She also was the winning pitcher, improving to 13-3 while striking out four.

Jesuit wins two mythical national championships
TAMPA -- You don't get ranked No. 1 in the nation based upon one good season. There has to be a consistency few teams will ever achieve and respect earned over a long period of time.

Dunedin survives Dixie scare
DUNEDIN -- Dunedin brought its "B" game -- at best -- to the Englebert Complex on Tuesday.

Girls track honor roll

Northside gets past East Lake
TARPON SPRINGS -- Trailing 5-3 with two outs in the seventh, -- and having already lost a key at-bat to illegal tar -- Northside Christian rallied to beat East Lake 6-5 in a semifinal of the Tarpon Spring Classic.

Improvement not lost on Pinellas Park girls
An eighth-place finish in the 16-team Pinellas County Athletic Conference meet might not sound like much of an accomplishment.

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